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Ryan, even though a viable option, you do not necessarily have to go to a 10 gauge shotgun... When it comes to shotguns, not all 12 gauge shotguns will be adequate for this type of situation... A shotgun with a barrel length of 30 inches (76.2 centimeters), with full or improved modified chokes and with good 3 inch buckshot shells or Number 2 shells will be very effective at close range... As with a big bore double rifle you have the opportunity at a second consecutive action shot using a shotgun which is essential in those split second moments as you do not have time to chamber a second round if need be. Also knowing to refrain from pulling the trigger too early is imperative, not for the faint of heart but crucial to using properly a shotgun for this type of situation.
No matter what, the PH should also have the opportunity to grab his rifle within arms reach from his tracker if needed. I think that in those moments it is also very important that the hunting party stays close to each other at all times, knowing exactly each other's position and retaining that position while tracking. Knowing exactly where everybody is at is crucial for a successful and incident free wounded Leopard pursuit. Of course you're right Ryan "these pussy cats are not to be messed around with. That first shot is what counts!"
Here is an example of how effective a shotgun can be, one day on the way back from a bird shoot I happened to encounter a seriously injured and suffering Gemsbok and all I had was my shotgun... I took him out of his misery with a shot to the head while it was standing at 3 yards with a 12 gauge shotgun with an inadequate bird load Number 7.5 shells (european size) as I did not have anything else, and the entry/exit wound was phenomenal...
Looking at the first shot on this Leopard, it seems that it took the bullet right behind the front leg but way too low as the bullet entered into the chest muscle not getting at any vital organs (see picture below)...
You can clearly see the definition of the chest muscle on the picture below, the second pictures outlining the area of the chest to show you what I am talking about... Leopards well developed and strong chest muscles are essential to their amazing climbing ability and as you can see from this video it does not disable them in any way.